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of the united states. finally, i just think it's important to point out someone who remembers working in the white house before the state dinner would happen, it's the entire building is a buzz and it's really a way of sort of literally rolling out the red carpet of the united states to another member of the world community and it's such an important symbolic act. it can't be overstated to show that the united states wants to engage the rest of the world and show the united states respects cultures from around the world and let's not forget the president won by asian americans by a large margin so an important symbol here at home to that community. >> danny, as we wait to see the president and prime minister step out, we know they are behind closed doors and part of the conversation is certainly afghanistan and pakistan. you've got vice president dick cheney coming out critical of the administration saying it was dithering but what about making india a key player in whatever happens in afghanistan regarding the strategy? >> i would have to agree. i think our relationship with india wi
serious. look, they were in the same room, essentially, as the president of the united states, depending on the facts, depending on what this investigation concludes. there is the possibility of criminal charges, trespass or false statements. so, look, they will have to answer to the authorities about how it is that this was possible. and it's very, very serious, indeed. >> savannah guthrie, happy thanksgiving. great to see you all morning. thanks for joining us. >> reporter: sure. you, too, alex. >>> troops in iraq are being tre treated to a thanksgiving feast. here's some video courtesy of the department of defense. the troops in afghanistan are also sitting down to a turkey dinner. and they're even seeing a little nfl pro football there. that is where we find nbc's jim maceda for the goods, checking out the food, football and all the festivities there. how are the troops celebrating and how is it going this morning, jim? >> reporter: boy, i tell you, this has been going now for close to eight hours. it's gone from lunch into a dinner. and it's louder, and the place behind me -- you ca
. there are goals on the table. there's a mission ranges the united states wants to talk b. i think there could be more calibrated areas of success than the cold yes or no that comes in the olympics. and he's going to be one of many heads of states there association the whole dynamic is different. it would be hard for him not to show up, this is a long meeting. he will be there a day to make an address. >> in terms of the rest of the heads of state, there was some issue, the president's going to hit that on december 9, towards the beginning when the majority of the heads of states are coming later in this conference. >> reporter: well, i don't know if that is good or bad but probably it means that he won't be ameshed in some of the inter and intra, multilateral dealings that will go on. but there are going to be many cabinet members coming and going and other high officials from the united states so it's not like there won't be a seat at the table by the united states with a high level official. >> to what extent, john, does this give a conference which had pretty low expectations originally, a
them for karzai or is the united states sending these troops because of the united states' own security interests. if it's the united states' own security interests, which is the argument that the president makes, then the president is somewhat undercut his own leverage with karzai because his biggest argument to karzai is if you don't clean up the corruption, if you don't train the afghan troops, then the u.s. troops are leaving. and karzai can come back and say, and who does that hurt? >> david, let me ask you about the costs of the strategy. we assessed the financial costs of the troops and more troops, it is enormous. i was talking a few minutes to general mccaffrey on last hour and he said an honest accounting of strategy to succeed is $15,000 casualties in a five-year commitment. that's what it will take in order to be successful. if the president is willing to ask the american people for such a commitment, do you think the american people are willing to pay it? >> you have to remember at this point the united states is in year eight of this war, so if you took a strategy of five
. the entertainment should be pretty cool. plus the national symphony and you have the wonderful united states marine band. >> lynn sweet, lynn, thanks so much. appreciate it, as always. >> thank you. >>> and david, in the bigger picture, what is the significance of president obama choosing india as the first country to host a state dinner? here's what the president said today after a two-hour meeting with the prime minister. >> india will play a pivotal role in meeting the major challenges that we face today. and this includes my top economic priority, creating good jobs with good wages for the american people. so i believe that the relationship between the united states and india will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century. >> and joining us live is nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell, also the host of "andrea mitchell reports" right here on msnbc. thanks, andrea, for joining us. >> great to be here. >> let's start off with jobs and broadening trade ties. the president talked about the need for employment and how these two countries are linked very much that
, michael, on the side of the united states in terms of a commitment to afghanistan and that doesn't just mean our european allies but also pakistan where do we stand with that country? >> you know, i'm not sure what the latest is. clearly, the president has been -- the president and his top people have been pushing for months now greater cooperation from pakistan on helping to resolve this situation. obviously, you know, there's deep distrust between the pakistanis and afghanistan, especially the government in afghanistan now being as shaky as it is. one thing that did happen today, the brits announced that nato allies will be providing about an additional 5,000 troops, which gives president obama a little bit of wiggle room to maybe go somewhat lower than he might otherwise have, below the 40,000 that general mcchrystal originally subjected. >> michael shear and barry mccaffrey, thank you very much. happy thanksgiving to you. >>> following breaking news in utah county, a rescue team working to free a man trapped in a cave. the 26-year-old is stuck 150 feet underground in what's called t
to protect the president of the united states without anyone coming in. now because social office did not have that other layer of checks and balances [ inaudible ] this happened. [ inaudible ] >> i'm going to let the investigation put the onus on where the onus should be. >> how much more complicated is it for robert gibbs the rest of the folks in the white house given that desiree rogers in the office as close to the obamas as anybody in the white house? >> absolutely. she is part of the inner circle at the obama white house. so, of course, people at the white house are going to be reluctant to cast any blame or aspersions on one of the best friends of the first family. and we don't really know. i'm not saying that the blame belong there is at this point. but it is interesting there was this change of procedures that may have contributed to the lapse. nobody looks good here, could you argue bravo, which may have unwiltingly encouraged the salahis to do this. >> a lot we don't know as well about as well. worth knowing. >> michael isikoff writes the blog, declassified. thanks for comi
proposes the united states will win the war. as it stands, there are 68,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan, and there's every indication today that mr. obama will announce he plans to deploy an additional 30,000 to 35,000 u.s. troops. back in august, general stanley mcchrystal, the top u.s. commander in if afghanistan, argued that a troop increase was essential, and that the u.s. had a window of a year or less to stabilize the country before the cause would be lost. today at the white house, spokesman robert gibbs gave a broad preview of the president's speech. >> the president will reiterate the importance of why we're there. but also, by all means, very early on acknowledge the tremendous cost and sacrifice to our men and women in uniform. >> as the white house prepares for tomorrow night's address, there is great anticipation in afghanistan where u.s. troops are ratcheting up the fight with taliban and al qaeda forces for much of the year. and tamron, u.s. troops have been waiting for this decision ever since august when the top u.s. commander may h made his initial request. >> and davi
thoroughly throughout the united states and their doctors. the second thing really important is cervical cancer testing, the pap test, is the most effective cancer elimination tool there is. nobody is saying that women should not get their pap smears, their pap test for cervical canceller. the issue is whether at what age you should start as you pointed out. the reason for making it 21 for all women instead of trying to guess or have a girl say when she started sexual activity, is that the test that you need to find abnormal cells can cause damage to a woman's future fertility. and it's a slow-growing cancer. even if a young woman is on her way to getting cancer, the argument goes can you put it off for a few years, but always get regular pap tests. >> you make a great point, bob, that these are not tied. this is just coincidence but with that said, it is still qufg confusing. >> absolutely. can i see why it is confusing. a big difference. there is a debate about about how effective mammograms are, especially women in their 40s. there is no debate about the effectiveness of pap test. the
in the state of missouri and across the united states. so we made our point. we did our job. and now we are waiting for the verdict. >> well, doctor, you point out a larger issue. some of the reports out that i've read indicate there have been racial tensions in this town and this may, if you will, be the straw to break the camel's back for those who live in the african-american and minorities in the town. >> well, my father is a cop and has been for 30 years. so i have a lot of respect for good law enforcement, but the problem is, though, we know officers sometimes abuse their authority and in this up to, i have had lots and lots of people, particularly people of color, who sent me e-mails and faxes describing incidents very disturbing to me. and so what we are trying to do is simply take this information and also take this statistical data gathered to the attorney general of the united states and the attorney general for the state of missouri and simply ask them to conduct an investigation. it doesn't mean we are accusing anybody of any wrongdoing, but the truth is you can't destroy l
of which the united states has a surplus of. >> that's why we had all those treasury actions today. to finance stuff. >> on that note, happy thanksgiving. >> so depressed. we're having a drunk turkey later on. maybe you should hang around for that after that discussion. >>> more young adults are heading home for the holidays and staying there. a new pew research poll finds 10% of people 35 and younger say they moved back home with their parents because of the recession. that's not the only life change they're making. 12% got a roommate. 15% put off getting married. 14% delayed having a baby. >> although if you get married doesn't that double your income? >> i guess. but you got to pay for the wedding. >> no. elope. >>> a washington espresso stand is making a buzz. some parents in the city are not happy because it opened across from a public playground and a day care center where they've never seen women in swim suits. not the first of its kind either in the area. but the location draws protests at city council meetings. there it is. >> i wonder why they only have video through the
in norway and it was immediately reported. the cdc in the united states and the world health organization are both watching this very closely, but there is no reason to think this potentially dangerous strain is spreading further than these few cases. but stay tuned. everybody is going to be on top of this very quickly. there is no evidence yet of any further danger from influenza because of these strains. it is the kind of surveillance that really needs to be done very actively. >> all right. thank you very much. you can expect much more about this over the controversy of the screening of cancer guidelines on "meet the press." ambassador nancy brinker from the sues an g. komen foundation and dr. nancy snyderman will join the moderator david gregory to discuss it. you can see much more of the controversy over these screening guidelines on "meet the press." >>> just ahead, our face-off on tomorrow's showdown in the united states senate. does harry reid have the 60 votes he needs? >>> plus, chicken little and a city council meeting. yep. chicken little showed up. we'll ruffle your feathers
, it was a terrific event for india, for the united states. and it's just so darn sad that these two wackos have to get the attention three straight days on the front page of the "washington post." i mean, "the new york times." >> alex, i can't say this couple is losers. i don't know who they are. i never heard of the guy running the polo club or whatever it is. they've been on every tv show, the front page. brian williams, i understand, led with him and he was discussing the incident. the whole country is talking about this three or four days after the dinner, and they're -- >> so, in this country, we are so obsessed with fame and we've got the whole reality tv obsession going, does this mean these two have a future on the social circuit there in washington? are they now the top dogs? >> see, this is the trouble with this. pat and i were talking about this, alex. look, how do you become to be famous? pretty easy, facebook. but this is also the time people around their thanksgiving tables are talking about this stuff. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. i was, too! >> everybody knows more about this than they
no better friend than the united states. >> india will play a pivotal role in meeting the major challenges we face today. this includes my top economic priority. creating good jobs with good wages for the american people. so i believe that the relationship between the united states and india will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century. >> tonight's black tie affair on the white house south lawn in that structure is expected to draw 320 of washington and hollywood elite. and headlines the night's entertainment lineup, grammy winner jennifer hudson. nbc's norah o'donnell joins us live from washington. in terms of culture, is there a reason why the administration picked india? that maybe it means more to indians in terms of culture than, say, other countries? >> reporter: yeah. india, of course, the world's second largest or the world's largest democracy. the u.s. the other world's largest democracy. and so that was important. also because it's very important as a global economic power house. so that's one way -- that's one reason that the white house chose india to honor the
the rest of the world sees, this is about the united states standing up and saying that due process is important. >> jack's intention that if al qaeda wanted to do something, if they could do something they would be doing it already right now? >> i have been saying that for years, al qaeda is not holding back, if they have the capability of attacking in the united states, they will. this trial could last three, four, five years and in that period maybe they will have the capability of attacking it. having this trial in southern manhattan almost assures that they come back to new york. >> new york city, although it is a number one target also have extraordinary security measures around it. having this trial of the century in lower manhattan significantly lowers the threat to that city over a three five-year period. >> that's the point that she makes again. and i appreciate your point there, but the problem is that the capacity question is the fundamental issue, even if they couldn't touch new york for whatever reason, if they could hit chicago, they would hit kia cook. muk tar the br
a scene here around the capitol, weekend session for the united states senate. >> thanks, mike. >>> the mixed messages surrounding new controversial mammogram guidelines. the federal government is now backing away from recommendations by an independent task force that women in their 40s bypass mammograms, the more relaxed approach prompted a flurry of outrage by experts and politicians alike. critics argue the new recommendations might be picked up by insurance companies and could lead to rationing. another critics says it would have the affect of death panels n a statement, health and human service s secretary kathleen sebelius distanced herself saying the task force presented new evidence for consideration, the policies remain unchanged, keep doing what you are doing for years. ann curry asked secretary sebelius to advise women to ignore the recommendations or no. >> ignore the recommendations of the flannel, looking globally at tens of thousands of cases but then take that information and have a conversation with your doctor. >> are you saying that women should still conside
the united states. our field units are reporting to us 40% increase. 60% increase. and in some major markets, they're talking about 100% increase. >> major, what's the goal for the salvation army in terms of cash raising this year? i understand you can also use debit cards as well? >> we've gotten into the electronic age, that's for sure. the interesting thing about our national fund-raising is that it's not national. it really is local. and every local community across america sets their own goal based upon the needs of that community. last year we raised $130 million in those red kettles, and that was on the front edge of the recession. we had a full year impact, and we're fou wondering if we can equal that amount this year. we would be absolutely ecstatic if we could raise at least the $130 million that we raised a year ago. >> okay. it is a lofty goal. we certainly hope you meet it. major george hood with the salvation army. happy thanksgiving. >> thank you. happy thanksgiving. >>> good news for unemployed americans looking for work this holiday. first time jobless claims are below 500,0
in the united states since fleeing the country in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. >>> we will head to jerusalem now where prime minister netanyahu is proposing a ten-month seize on construction. the plan is an attempt to sa restart the peace talks. it wouldn't include jerusalem the holy city claimed by palestinians for a future capital. >>> tokyo, robots of all shapes, sizes and functions on display today in tokyo at the international robot exhibition. one of the stars of the show is the omni zero 1,000. it looks like a transformer robot and can walk, turn itself into a car and is strong enough to lift a grown man over its head. >> nice. that guy sat down on one of them. he sat down. >> i missed t rerack it. >>> are climate change researchers really hiding evidence about global warming? a live report on a new controversy involving stolen memos and the politics of science. >>> plus, going to take you inside the glitz and the glamour of president obama's first state dinner. you are watching "the big picture," only on msnbc. pie reql the ability to gracefull
of this government, as it is in the united states not to negotiate with these pirates. >> how about number of hijackings, has there been an increase lately? >> there was a lull briefly after the "maersk alabama" was taken. that same ship was attacked again in the indian ocean last week. they fended off the attack, but it's a reminder that those pirates are still out there. with this british couple, what we have seen is that they were actually further south than most of the hijackings previously and it shows that these pirates are moving further out into the ocean and using their own infrastructure using the ships and other boats they have seized to help facilitate the transport of these hostages back to somal somalia. >>> police arrested 41 students at the university of california berkeley during bro tests yesterday after they barricaded themselves inside a school building. the group was cited and released shortly afterward. >>> kathleen sebelius has come out against new mammogram guidelines from a u.s. task force. the health and human services basically telling women andmen insurance comp
to be the president of the united states,s that not enough votes to get her there. and there's no part of this book that shows her moving to the center or trying to attract independents to get those votes if that is what she wants to zblochlt what about the significance if any of palin visitsing washington, rochester, new york, pennsylvania today? >> i still think that the places that she's chosen the people aren't going to go there that are going to wait in line for three hours are her supporters. they love her and they want that signature, they want those books for themselves, they want to give them as christmas presents, so i don't think they should look at that as trying to bribe the base at all. >> we want an excuse to show some of these pictures. how much more can levi johnston get out of his 15 minutes of pain? >> he's going to milk it as much as possible, as long as the money is coming in, he's going to go for it and i guess we'll see how much popularity he gets from these photos. >> do you think sarah palin is going to mention much more of the photos in this whole playgirl shoot? >> i thin
and the united states can actually create economic well being in southeast asia and bring pakistan into the mix, solve the kashmir problem and bring about a nonmilitary solution in afghanistan. i don't believe there are any military solutions. i think there are only economic solutions. this is a great opportunity and both president obama and prime minister monmohan singh spoke eloquently how we need to bury the past and envision a new future. >> deepak chopra. thank you very much. >> it was wonderful. >>> tens of thousands of american troops spend thanksgiving overseas most without their families. the vice president's wife dr. jill biden says it is vitally important to remember our soldiers and their families. msnbc's chief washington correspondent norah o'donnell sat down with dr. biden exclusively. >> reporter: dr. jill biden is very private. she stays out of the spotlight. one issue she is not shy about, it's our wounded warriors and military families. i spoke to her about that and how she is settling into her new role. >> hi. welcome to our new home. >> reporter: have you spent a lot of tim
. and this is kind of like rhode island going bankrupt, it's not the united states going bankrupt. >> that puts it in perspective. how about them getting bailed out. there's suggestions that abu dhabi would be helping out. are they going to pick up the tab? >> they haven't told us whether they will or not. they would be smart to do so because this casts a pale of uncertainty over all seven emirates. they can easily afford to do it and they should. bailing them out isn't going to be $80 billion and dubai is still worth something and this is probably going to be $10 billion $20 billion and that is a manageable sum of money in the oil states. >> appreciate the live report. >>> coming up hot stuff this holiday season, a little toy that's a big get. a look at other high-tech animals that are going to warm your heart. also ahead, another first for first lady michelle obama. stay with us. you're watching "msnbc saturday." es! the magic's in the mix. my favorite part? eating it. honey bunches of oats. taste the joy we put in every spoonful. honey bunches of oats. we call the bunches in honey bunches of
, it was not considered a federal crime to assassinate the president of the united states, so the kennedy group is in the hospital, they load the body and they are about to leave and a coroner says you can't leave. we're doing the autopsy here. so they steal, they push their way through. you had these well-armed secret service agents, they pushed past the dallas cop, they steal the body of the president of the united states. they race back to air force one. and they get on air force one, extract the body. as soon as that happen, we have to get out of here because they think the dallas police are going to come up, surround the plane, board the plane and drag the body of the president off. but lyndon johnson, he's sitting there waiting for local justice to come on to swear him in. so that starts this conflict, that plays out over the next few hours and few days. >> i got to tell you, i could sit here talking with you about it. we're out of time. the book is "the kennedy assassination, 24 hours after." pick it up. it's a great read. also on the history channel running right now. >>> still ahead, t
and makes it clear that the united states commitment is not open ended so he's got to try to do both things and is going to have to walk a fine line between trying to show that we're there to try to turn things around but not to get too dependent on the united states presence. >> thank you very much. appreciate your time. >> good to talk to you. >> heading home. millions will take to the roads and the air to get home after the long thanksgiving weekend. how are the skies looking? chris warren joins me from atlanta hartsfield airport. good morning. looks quiet behind you. >> reporter: yeah, it is pretty quiet. that has been good news for a lot of people, alex. we've been watching a steady stream of cars come in. inside there hasn't been that much of a problem. you look in the distance, right straight above me, nothing but blue skies. inside, conditions about as good as the weather here. that's good news. not just for folks here but folks other spots in the u.s. because atlanta being the busiest airport in the world, a lot of planes, might be your plane you're catching at a different airport.
support sending more troops? >> well, i certainly, having served in iraq and the united states manner corps, i'm sensitive to the issue about having enough security that when we don't, we take casualties unnecessarily and the political process didn't move forward but i have concerns and i was in afghanistan earlier this week. but certainly look forward to having general mcchrystal and by the way, eikenberry before the house armed services committee so we can ask questions. >> the folks in the kralve rock, littleton and outside denver area, what are they telling you about troops? do they want them to go? >> they certainly have concerns. from their perspective, we've been in this year eight years and haven't made progress. i think questions why are we there now, given the fact that al qaeda is no longer there. the president really needs to make a case to the american people about why this is necessary. >> do you think that's exactly what he is going to address when he meets with you and other house members next week? what are the questions you need answered? >> i think no doubt i think
to extradite him to the united states for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. >>> tiger woods says he is taking blame the for his car crash, but was there a crime committed? we will look at what charges he or potentially his wife could face. i was active, eating healthy. i thought i was in great shape. so i was surprised when my doctor told me i still had high cholesterol. that really hit me, and got me thinking about my health. i knew i had to get my cholesterol under control. but exercise and eating healthy weren't enough for me. now i trust my heart to lipitor. (announcer) when diet and exercise are not enough, adding lipitor has been shown to lower bad cholesterol 39 to 60%. lipitor is backed by over 17 years of research. lipitor is not for everyone, including people with liver problems and women who are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant. you need simple blood tests to check for liver problems. tell your doctor if you are taking other medications or if you have any muscle pain or weakness. this may be a sign of a rare but serious side effect. i thought i was doing enough to
. >>> more than 200 other guantanamo bay prisoners expected to make the move to the united states. the white house says it would mean an economic boost to illinois, the area of illinois being considered up to 3,000 jobs would be created if the thomson correctional center is bought by the u.s. to house gitmo prisoners. that is according to a new report. the report claims up to 1,400 positions could be filled by area residents. democratic lawmakers from the region support the plan, while republicans largely are opposed to it. >>> deadly 24 hours for american troops in afghanistan. nato forces say four american service members were killed in attacks in the past day. three of the americans died in southern afghanistan on sunday. two in a bomb attack. the third in a separate firefight. the fourth death happened in an explosion in the east. >>> here are other headlines. drug resistance swine flu is confirmed in north carolina. the cdc saying that the strain turned up in four patients at duke university medical center. now, officials say the strain has developed in people with underlying health iss
. and i might also add, alex, that as we -- what we do in the united states because we are looked to for the best kinds of cancer care and diagnosis, is also practiced around the globe. and the saddest thing is cancer is exploding around the world. we have to have low cost strategies to deal with the detection, the early treatment, the early intervention of this disease or we will lose an extraordinary amount of lives. >> you are the person to speak to it as the ambassador for the united nations for cancer control. how much do you worry that this mixed message will be sent out exponentially and really travel around the globe as even more than just beyond our own borders? >> the fact is later stage screening already occurs in many countries who can't afford it and this will continue to push back the notion that we need, again, bet terk nollology, faster, cheaper, to be able to diagnose and predict early disease. >> you heard health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius saying she's making an appeal to the insurance companies. >> right. >> and saying, look. these are glinui
to health care is the most urgent health problem facing the united states. in a gallup poll, 32% cited the problem as their top health care concern. ken striklin joins us from capitol hill. there was talk that mary landrieu had engaged in discussions with chuck schumer to work out some sort of public option compromise. do those talks continue and where do things stand? >> here's where things stand right now. the democratic leadership realizes they have a problem on their hand. they struggled to get 60 votes to get the bill on the floor. they'll need those same 60 votes to get the bill off the floor. there are a lot of issues involved with trying to get health care passed but the most contentious is the government run insurance program. you have liberals who say they need a robust public option. they signed on to what majority leader reed put in the bill. then you have centrists like lincoln and landrieu, excuse me, and nelson who feel that that public option isn't the best thing. then you have joe lieberman who says any form of the public option is unacceptable. right now democratic le
toward getting the united states out of afghanistan. quite frankly, it's the argument that's similar to the one made by president bush when he was pushing for the surge. of course, there had been some success with the surge. that's going to be the argument the president is going to be making. >> matt, with 57% of the democrats wanting to start withdrawing forces, this according to a "usa today"/gallup poll, and 29% saying increase the forces to get the job done. president is dealing with the economy, health care, something to do with afghanistan and iraq, everything else on his plate as well, how much is he going to have to incur democratic support, and se going to get it? >> it is going to be very difficult. actually, one of the more difficult parts of it is going to be the price tag. obviously, the last president showed that it's a huge political liability when you pay for these things with deficit. so one of the main options is probably going to be to raise taxes. how do you do that? whose taxes do you raise? and that sort of thing. it's going to be very, very difficult to sell. >
's advice for the president, erin? >> it is interesting but as a president of the united states in the spotlight on you as the president, you're having to govern and make the tough decisions, it is more difficult to appease everyone, and make everyone happy. it is easier out there selling a book and, you know, trying to appeal to the base which is what sarah palin's doing. >> manu, is the president's dip in the polls about policy or about perception? >> i think it is about jobs and the economy. i mean, as we have seen, that the economy's still struggling. ton employment rate is above 10%. and that was reflected in the new jersey and virginia governor's races earlier this month when two democrats lost and, you know, that is the really big problem for democrats. democrats in congress know that's going to be a problem for them in november 2010. and that's why there's going to be a bigger focus on the jobs and the economy. they say that when congress gets back in january. and, you know, they think that once they get that situation stabilize that the president's approval ratings will
are they coming from? >> units that routinely rotate between the united states europe and southeast asia. we need special operations forces. it takes a long time to train these people. that's what we need and that's one of the things that will make this trip to afghanistan longer than people think. we need more of the forces, and we have to train them. >> okay, colonel, thank you. >>> msnbc with bring you full coverage of the president's address on tuesday night. it will begin at 8:00 p.m. eastern where the colonel is is a teacher. >>> up next, an outlet mall where there are many shoppers. every 4 to 6 hours?!? taking 8 pills a day... and if i take it for 10 days -- that's 80 pills. just 2 aleve can last all day. perfect. choose aleve and you can be taking four times... fewer pills than extra strength tylenol. just 2 aleve have the strength to relieve arthritis pain all day. two of nature's sweetest wonders now in new sun crystals ® . the only 100% natural sweetener made with pure cane sugar and stevia. with just 5 calories a packet. new sun crystals ® all natural sweetener. - sure, cake or pie
and purchase properties in england, and the united states. dubai itself owes about $80 billion. so it's about three quarters of the debt of the city-state. >> okay. dubai, it's an oil-rich nation. you know, so many people think places like this, they have endless supplies of money. so how does this debt crisis in dubai happen? >> actually, dubai is not that oil rich. only about 6% of its gdp is oil. the other emirates in the united arab emirates have the oil. dubai only has some offshore oil. it's not a lot. so it doesn't have the big dollar cash flow. with the big recession and real estate values falling it's not getting the rents on its properties. they've fallen in value. so it can't pay its debts. a lot of the money it owes it owes to european banks and citigroup in new york. so there's concern that those banks will be impaired again. that's overblown. these debts don't amount to a lot in the grand scheme of things. also, there's concern that other countries won't be able to pay their debts. you know, brazil, turkey and so forth. that may be overblown. we've had small countries fail befor
about 10% of the bishops in the united states, that are using this ploy of denying communion to pro choice politicians. most bishops think that's a bad political strategy, and it's also bad pastor al practice. >> do you think it was bad for bishop tobin in had this case? >> well, this is -- judging bishops is above my pay grade. i think it would be better if he and representative kennedy would get together, you know, and talk about this, and try and understand each other's point of view. >> is there -- is there any common ground, do you think? is. >> well, i think there can be common ground, in that both of them, i think, would like to see a reduction in the number of abortions. and, you know, the democrats, their position is, let's have the social programs that help women to choose life. you know, have things like health care, have things like job training. you know, support women, you know, because most women who have abortions do it because -- for economic reasons. because they don't feel they have the resources to support another child. so i think that that is a common ground th
ratings in asia are very good. since approval ratings in the united states are really taking a hit because he is not focused on what's going on in america. peter, i agree in the sense international relations is extraordinarily important but right now for the president he has to spend more time here in america. >> peter? you agree with that? >> look. i think it's very tough to, as a balancing act. i think if i were advising the president on his foreign travels right now, i'd say, you know, you've been there. you've done that. you know, i'm not saying don't ever travel abroad again in the next year. but i think right now that the key is getting this health care plan passed and then it's creating jobs and getting this economy further along, get the stimulus money out and get people back to work. >> okay, guys. >> i have a quick question, peter. do you think he should go to copenhagen? he's going next month. >> wait a minute. >> i don't think he should go to copenhagen for the summit, no. i think we got energy legislation to pass here at home first. >> it wasn't so good the first time around f
the strength to relieve arthritis pain all day. >>> well, the numbers are in and they're depressing. the united states is borrowing a trillion dollars a year and some of its short-term loans are coming due in the next few months. the president has promised to focus more attention on the $12 trillion national debt. but come on, it's not just the feds. at the state level, legislatures are battling big bills, slumping revenue and constitutional requirements to balance their budgets. maybe they should employ moms. let's get real. in michigan a detroit free press columnist convened the mom's kitchen cabinet to tackle the state's big money crunch. the goal here, they diplomat want to see any cuts to education, no tax hikes and they wanted a balanced budget. and they did it. at least on paper. kathy jones carson was involved in the brainstorming. she's a lawyer, a small business consultant. good to see you today. >> good to see you too, conte a contessa. >> how did you manage to save more than a billion dollars and still at least on paper, balance your state's budget? >> well, under rochelle's guidan
and people think so highly of the united states of america. >> well, you know, just as the causes of the problems of the o's were in the '90s in the financial deregulation and economy too loosey goosey as "time" magazine says, so, too, hopefully we can learned from the os. >> that's what it is. >> i can't imagine college courses on the '00s like the '50s and '60s. hopefully we have learned from the problems of the decade a home domestically and dealing with allies and globalization and the fact that china is going to be a huge, india a huge ally in some ways and partner and competitor in others. it is a changed landscape throughout and you learn from each thing and my hope and optimism continues to learn from this decade and make it better in the next decade. >> both of you optimistic the other two, peter and mark? you can answer first, peter. >> not optimistic about president obama's policies. for example, the folks he has in charge of cleaning up wall street, i have little confidence in, larry summers took a great deal of cash being president of harvard and white house adviser o
in afghanistan and iraq. it was close after this unprecedented terrorist attack on the united states on our own soil and they must have made the calculation that this was not an appropriate use of force, the way they would use it, the place they were going to use it. there must have been a calculation it wasn't the right thing to do. i don't think you're going to hear president obama kind of turning the focus to bin laden now. i think this is going to be an example of the fact that he believes for the first aide yei years of this war it has been underfunded and underresourced >> you say the president will not allow this report relative to osama bin laden to affect the way he pursues plans. do you have concerns that the findings are going to affect the way his plans for afghanistan are perceived? >> well, i think that back in 2001 there was a huge focus in america on capturing bin laden, that that would be the answer to our problems. we know now that al qaeda is spread around the world and the taliban is another huge problem as well. i think because president obama's going with an escalation of
in the united states live in a place where the people are treated the best, but complain the most. and i think it's very difficult to be in a spirit of thanksgiving on tomorrow if, today, we use all of our energy or much of our energy just complaining. >> congressman cleaver, we do appreciate your time today. i will not offer up any complaints to you right now. i wish you a happy thanksgiving and thanks for your time, sir. >> all right. thank you. >>> the busiest shopping season of the year kicks off bright and early tomorrow. be there or be square. will the state of the economy keep more people at home this year? >>> plus, on the road and in the air. the holiday hustle is on the way. here is a view from dallas, texas, where they are hitting the roads. so many arthritis pain relievers -- i just want fewer pills and relief that lasts all day. take 2 extra strength tylenol every 4 to 6 hours?!? taking 8 pills a day... and if i take it for 10 days -- that's 80 pills. just 2 aleve can last all day. perfect. choose aleve and you can be taking four times... fewer pills than extra strength tylenol. j
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